Yunfei Du

Professor and Associate Dean of Academics

Office: Discovery Park 296P
Office hours: By appointment
Phone: (940) 369-8093
Fax: (940) 565-3101

UNT Faculty Profile

Dr. Yunfei Du earned his BS in Geography Education and BA in Library Science in China, MLS and PhD in interdeciplinary information science from University of North Texas. Previously he served as an university system librarian in China and a faculty member at Wayne State University.

Fields of Interest

Dr. Du's research theme is cross-cultural information studies. His research topics include human information behavior, distance learning, learning styles, social computing, and community outreach..  

Course Syllabi/Textbooks

SLIS 5750 Managing Library Automation Projects (Summer II, 2015) (Listed as "AUTOMATION")

SLIS 5040 Human Information Behavior (Spring, 2015)

SLIS 5330 Academic Libraries (Fall, 2015)

SLIS 4600/5600 Introduction to Information Access and Retrieval (Spring, 2015)

Selected Refereed Articles

·   Du, Y. (2016). Small Libraries, Big Impact: How to Serve Your Community in the Digital Age. ABC/Clio (Libraries Unlimited).

·   Du, Y. (2015). Information Use and Barriers in Mobile-based Distance Learning. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 9(3), 204-220 .

·   Du, Y. (2015). Broadband Coverage and Social Transition in Rural Communities. Proceedings of the 2015 iConference. Newport Beach, CA. Reviewed. International.

·    Du, Y. (2014). Massive Open Online Course: The implication to iSchool education. Proceedings of the 2014 iConference. Berlin, Germany, March 3-7. Reviewed. International.

·    Du, Y., Totten, Y., and Chandler, Y. (2013). Rural Community-centered information services and training: Experiences from rural libraries in Texas and the Pacific Islands. Proceedings of Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries. Shanhai, China. June 8-11.

·    Du, Y. (2013). Developing Community-centered Programs for Rural Information Professionals. Proceedings of 2013 iConference Proceedings. Fort Worth, TX. February 13-15.

·    Du, Y. (2012). Personality and its impact on Avatar-based virtual environments. Proceedings of IADIS Annual Conference. Lisbon, Portugal. July 19-21.

·    Blake, B. R., Martin, R., and Du, Y. (2011). Successful Community Outreach: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. ISBN: 978-1555707729. Available at Amazon.

·    Li, J., D'Souzo, D, and Du, Y. (2011). Virtual Worlds and Learning Organizations. Human Resource Development Review. 10 (3), 264-285.

·    Du, Y. (2011). Enhancing Social Inclusion of Rural Libraries: A Community Outreach Approach. 2011 iConference Proceedings.334-666. [PDF].

·    Du, Y. (2011). A Measurement Model of Studentsí Behavioral Intentions to Use Second Life Virtual Environments. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science,52(1), 41-53.

·    Du, Y. (2010). Information Seeking and Avoidance Behavior in School Library Distance Learning. IASL 2010 Conference Proceedings.

·    Du, Y. (2010). Serving Library Users from Low-income Communities: Promoting Digital Literacy to eSociety. 2010 iConference Proceedings. 48-54. [PDF].

·    Du, Y. (2009). A Review of Structural Equation Modeling and its Use in Library and Information Studies. Library & Information Science Research, 31(4), 257-263.

·    Du, Y. (2009). Librarians' Responses to "Reading at Risk": A Delphi Study. Library & Information Science Research, 31(1), 46-53. 

·    Du, Y. (2008). Measuring Academic Library Usersí Acceptance of Open Access Systems. Proceedings of ASIS&T Annual Meeting, 45.

·    Du, Y., & Stein, B. (2008). Electronic Media and Leisure Time Reading: Responses of School Librarians. IASL 2008 Conference Proceedings. ISSN 0257-3229.

·    Du, Y., Stein, B., & Martin, R. S. (2007). Content Analysis of an LIS Job Database: A Regional Prototype for a Collaborative Model. Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, 57(1), 17-26. [PDF]. 

·    Du, Y. (2004). The relationship between studentsí computer competency and perception of enjoyment and difficulty level in Web-based distance learning. Education Libraries, 27(2), 5-12.

·    Du, Y. (2004). Exploring the difference of "Concrete" and "Abstract" learning styles in LIS distance education. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning, 1(3), 51-64.

·    Simpson, C., & Du, Y. (2004). Effects of learning styles and class participation on students' enjoyment level in distributed learning environments. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science , 45(2), 123-136.

Selected Presentations

·    Du, Y., & Stein, B. (2008). Electronic Media and Leisure Time Reading: Responses of School Librarians. IASL 2008 Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA, August 3-7, 2008. (Refereed).

·     Du, Y. (2008). Effects of Age and Income Level on Online Reading: A Survey of Library Users in Poorer Communities. Paper presented at ALISE Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA, January 8-11, 2008 (Refereed).

·     Du, Y. (2007). Personalized eHealth Information System: A Preliminary Report on Older Adults’ Usage. 24th Human-Computer Interaction Lab Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, June 1, 2007 (Invited).

·    Du, Y., Heinrichs, J., Anghelescu, H., and Utz, J. (2007). Applying Experiential Learning Theory in Distance Education: A Case Study from Wayne State University. Paper presented at ALISE Annual Conference. Seattle, WA, January 15-19, 2007 (Refereed).

·    Du, Y. (2006). Measuring and Validating Librariansí Perception on the Effects of Digital Media to Leisure-time Reading. A works-in-progress poster presented at ALISE Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX, January 12-14, 2005 (Refereed).

·    Du, Y., & Ren, M. (2005). LIS Recruitment Status and Its Implication to Education. Paper presented at Association of Library and Information Education Annual Conference, 2005. Boston, MA, January 11-15, 2005 (Refereed).

·    Du, Y. (2004). Building Open Source Databases for Online Course Content. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference. Traverse City, MI, September 24-26, 2004 (Refereed).

·    Martin, B. & Du, Y. (2004). Value Added: Create Your Own Interactive Database in Online Courses. Information Today's Computers in Libraries 2004, March 10-12, Washington DC (Refereed).      

Grants and Funded Research Projects

·     Promoting & Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries (PEARL, 2010 - 2013) (PI for the project, with Herman Totten as Project Director). Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust, awarded $1,599,222.

·    Cognitive Styles and User Acceptance at Virtual Library Communities: A "Second Life" Experience (2008). (PI). University of North Texas Summer Research Grant, awarded $5,000.

·    Development of Instant Messenger-enhanced Online Classes (2006). (PI). Wayne State Innovative Technology Grant. Awarded $5,000.

·    Reading at Risk: A Follow-up Study (2005). (PI). awarded $6,040. This project was supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (

·    Reducing Health Disparities Through Personalized E-Technology: Impacts and Effects of eHealthSmart Program on Urban Adult Populations (2005-2007). With Jeseph Tan (PI), Linda Weglicki (Co-PI), Jennifer Mendez (Co-PI), et al., Wayne State University Research Enhancement Grant, awarded April 2005 ($251,000).

Academic Services

Faculty Senate, University of North Texas, 2010 - 2013. Faculty Senate, University of North Texas, 2010 - 2013.

American Society for Information Science & Technology, SIG International Information Issues, Chair, 2007-2008; and Chair, International Paper Contest 2003-2004.

Association of Library and Information Science Education, member.

Association of College and Research Libraries, member, Research Committee, 2008-2009.

 Texas Library Association, Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee, Vice-chair, 2008 - 2009.